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Certified Addiction Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $35K per year on average. Compensation ranges from $23K on the lower end to $47K per year on the higher end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Certified Addiction Counselors (67 percent) survey participants are women. Work is enjoyable for Certified Addiction Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by about one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$24,723 - $47,600
(Median)
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48K
MEDIAN: $34,799
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$10.77 - $22.68
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,723 - $47,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,477 - $47,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $22.68  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,477 - $47,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
United States (change)

Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $32K. Certified Addiction Counselors see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $40K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 28%